Jesuit Priest Chaplain of the House of Representatives Resigns then rescinds Resignation

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In mid-April, Rev. Patrick Conroy, a highly-regarded Jesuit priest who has served as chaplain to the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011, resigned from that post in a letter addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan.  When Ryan’s office released the news of Fr. Conroy’s resignation on April 16, all indications were that it was a voluntary departure taking place on the best of terms.  A short time later the “voluntary resignation” story started to unravel when word spread that Ryan had forced the Priest to retire.  This news started a media firestorm and a bi-partisan backlash in Congress against Speaker Ryan.

On May 3, Fr. Conroy rescinded his resignation in a letter to Ryan and stated that he would remain as Chaplain until the end of the year.  In that letter, Fr. Convoy also accused Ryan’s Chief of Staff of anti-Catholic bias.  Ryan, who probably realized there was no profit in a long drawn out battle, reversed his course and agreed to keep Fr. Conroy as House Chaplain.

Several media sources provided extensive coverage of this story.  To review, please click on the newspapers name:

Washington Post

America Media

The Nation